SOYO releases instant boot-up motherboard

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SOYO Releases the Multi-Media Ready “Instant Boot-up†SY-P4VAL Version M Motherboard
March 5th, 2004


ONTARIO, CA -- SOYO® Group, Inc. (OTCBB: SOYO), a manufacturer of award-winning motherboards, computer peripheral, barebone systems and wireless networking products, has released the SY-P4VAL Version M, an “all-in-one†motherboard, which features an "instant boot-up" feature to deliver true multimedia performance.

SOYO’s SY-P4VAL is a user-friendly Pentium 4-based motherboard with an interface for “Media Center†functionality that allows users to have DVD and CD or CD-R with MP3 playback or operate a TV tuner card without an operating system. The technology allows a PC's entertainment functions to turn on almost instantly with a range of functions, such as fast-forward, rewind, and jumping from track to track.

The key is the unique BIOS and multimedia menu that SOYO developed specifically for media centers. The instant menu gives the user the opportunity to select from an assortment of multimedia icons based on the installed multimedia peripherals—MP3, CD, VCD, DVD, and TV—before the system boots or even without a resident operating system. Like a TV, the multimedia menu loads in less than 10 seconds from switching-on the computer, which makes any of these connected multimedia peripherals immediately available.

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The board provides integrated networking capability, onboard graphics and embedded Stereo Sound audio that enables users to build multifunctional units utilizing SOYO’s state-of-the-art components. SOYO’s SY-P4VAL v.M is a ATX motherboard, supporting up to 3.06 GHz Pentium 4 processors using a 533 MHz FSB, and features DDR memory support, on-board AC97 Codec 6-ch audio, S3 Graphics ProSavage8™ integrated graphics, 10/100 Mbps LAN, high-speed USB 2.0.

The SY-P4VAL is the first in a series of products SOYO is developing for the consumer/media center market. Watching TV requires a TV tuner card that Soyo will bundle with the board. Playing back DVDs and CDs uses the VIA chipset's onboard audio and video logic.

As a standalone board, the MSRP of the SY-P4VAL Version M is $69.99, Bundled with a TV tuner card, the MSRP is $129.99. Available starting March 9.
 
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